Janice received her early training in her native Florida before moving to New York to pursue a dance career. She studied with numerous teachers there as well as in Europe, but David Howard was her primary teacher since his years at Harkness House.
As a performer for twenty years, she was principal dancer with Baltimore City Ballet, the Maryland Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Annapolis and performed with New York Dance Theater. Later, she and her partner, Edward Stewart, appeared as guest artists in companies around the country and at Kennedy Center. During her career Janice was spotlighted in a Public Television special, “Dance in America”, was in performances honoring two U.S. Presidents, was spokesperson and lead dancer in a Kymberly Clark commercial as well as danced with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in educational concerts.
As a teacher, Janice has taught for Harkness House, Ballet Hispanico, Steps on Broadway, The Ailey School as well as been guest master teacher in many schools in the U.S., Canada, China and Towson State University summer program. She presently is on the staff of The Pace University Dance Department in NYC.
In 1990 the First Edition of “The Pointe Book” (about pointe shoes and pointe training and written by Janice) was published by Princeton Book Company. Since then she has written the 2nd and 3rd Editions as well as co-authored a book, En Pointe, with Thalia Mara about pointe shoes and the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. She has also written approximately 50 articles and 9 cover stories for Dancer, Dance, Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit and Pointe magazines. In 2013, the third edition of "The Pointe Book" was printed in Japanese.
Creator of many musical CD’s for use in ballet classes with accompanying instructional DVD’s, Janice is also the author of a 9 grade Ballet Syllabus for MusicWorks, headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
Children's Division Ballet
Michaela Brown was born and raised in London, UK where she studied the international degree Certificate in Dance Education with the Royal Academy of Dance institution. She trained in RAD and ISTD ballet, modern, jazz, commercial and Hip hop also training as an associate at the Royal Opera House with famous British company Ballet Black under the instruction of Raymond Chai . Her modern and contemporary training includes release, Laban and improvisation technique. She came to the US in 2011, and has performed Mark Baldwin repertoire with Rambert Ballet (UK's Leading modern dance company). She is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance, National Dance Organisation, choreographer and instructor with many companies and schools including her own company, Kinetics Dance. As a Qualified Pre Kindergarten Teacher, and working for five years as a YMCA kids fitness certified teacher, she has developed a keen understanding for the crucial developmental stages of the child in connection with dance and the arts and creative ability for all children up to age 18. Michaela has taught children’s Dance, Contemporary Modern, Jazz and Tap with Long and has choreographed with the renowned Posey Dance Repertory Company of Long lsland under the instruction of Ms Posey RDE and joins Eglevsky ballet as a children's faculty member beginning 2018.
Children's Ballet Mistress
Having trained in numerous styles of dance, as an educator, Shana Goldberger has kept her primary focus on classical ballet and instilling proper technique to her students.
She began her professional ballet training at Eglevsky Ballet and continued at the Seiskaya Ballet. While there, Shana performed features roles in "The Nutcracker," "Paquita," and other ballets. During this time, Shana was one of sixty students selected to attend the NY State Summer School of the Arts. There she studied with Damien Wowtzal, Ashley Bouder, Daniel Ulbricht, Jenifer Ringer and others. Shana graduated high school early to accept a full scholarship to the trainee program at Joffrey Ballet School.
Shana Goldberger is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Adelphi University with a BFA in Dance. While there, she created many roles in ballets by Christopher Fleming, Frank Augustyn, Leda Meredith, Orion Duckstein, Jacques Cesbron, David Parsons, Jennifer Kreichman and Maurice Brandon Curry.
Previously, Shana has been on faculty at USDAN Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. She is also the founder and director of the Massapequa Tabernacle Praise and Worship Team that has traveled internationally and also won awards at the Staten Island Gospel Festival three consecutive years. Most recently, Shana has successfully completed her training in the ABT National Training Curriculum and is a certified teacher in Primary through Level Three.
Gretchen Gunther began her training on Long Island, and continued at the Joffrey School, Melissa Hayden School, and as a scholarship student at Steps in New York City. During her professional career she also studied with Larissa Luvisicuk, Ilya Gaft, and Victoria Lebedeva of the Kirov Ballet.
As a professional, she has danced with The Classics Dance Theatre of Connecticut, New Jersey Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, Ilya Gaft Dance Theatre, and North Atlantic Ballet. She has worked with many independent choreographers as well.
With over 20 years experience teaching all levels of classical ballet, Ms. Gunther teaches both pre-professional and technique classes at The School at Steps. Many of her students have graduated from the school and gone on to careers in dance. She has also taught at the Ailey School, The School of Staten Island Ballet, and others throughout the Tri-State area. In 2013, she was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine in an article on alignment for young dancers.
To further advance her teaching, Ms. Gunther continues to take pedagogical courses, including John White’s Vaganova Syllabus Seminar at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet.
Emma Frenette is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Ms. Frenette is a fully certified teacher of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. She is a Co-Director of the Boys Ballet Summer Intensive, a program designed specifically for men in ballet. Ms. Frenette is also the Co-Owner of the dancewear company, Fleecys. She received her Associate in Arts degree in 2016 and is currently working toward her B.S. in Business Management and Organizational Communication and will graduate in the fall of 2018. Ms. Frenette has served on faculty at the International Ballet Academy in Cary, North Carolina since 2014. She appears in NuArts Productions’ documentary film about male dancers, Danseur. Ms. Frenette performed with both the Carolina Ballet and Orlando Ballet.
Ms. Frenette began her ballet studies at the Goh Ballet in Vancouver with Fiona Smith and Meifang Lin. She continued her training in the United States with Chris and Laura Martin, Dmitri and Jennifer Kulev, Gyula Pandi, Kim Marsh, Dierdre Miles Burger, and Olivier Muñoz. Emma attended summer intensives at the schools of American Ballet Theatre in New York, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Orlando Ballet on scholarship, twice attended the Bolshoi Ballet on scholarship, and twice attended the Royal Ballet School in London’s Summer course. Ms. Frenette has performed numerous roles from various ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita Grand Pas Classique, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Giselle, Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Coppélia, and Carmen.
Jennifer Kreichman began her ballet studies under Virginia and Jacques Cesbron and continued her training at the School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Theater School and Ballet Hispanico of New York. She was the youngest recipient of a full scholarship to attend the Harkness House for Ballet Arts under David Howard. She has appeared with New York Dance Theater, Eglevsky Ballet, the Israel Ballet and the Nashville Ballet. Ms. Kreichman is proud to have been invited to join the faculty of the Eglevsky Ballet under the directorship of Maurice Brandon Curry. In addition she serves on the Adelphi University Department of Dance faculty as professor of ballet technique, pointe and classical repertoire, and as assistant to the Department of dance chair, Frank Augustyn. She has taught on the faculty of the New York Dance Theater, Ballet Academy East, American Theater Dance Workshop and has served as ballet mistress for the New York Dance Theater. Her students have gone on to perform with the Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Hispanico of New York, MOMIX and the Youth America Grand Prix Gala; have appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning, Billy Elliot the Musical, in national touring companies and have been accepted into prestigious dance academies such as the JKO School at American Ballet Theater and the School of American Ballet. Jennifer Kreichman is an ABT® National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher; Primary-Level 7 and is a certified Pilates instructor having completed her certification under the tutelage of Brett Howard, Director of Education of the United States Pilates AssociationTM
Craig Donnelly has had the privilege of performing all over the continent, with the international tours of A CHORUS LINE (U/S Mike, Mark & Larry) and CATS (Swing). His regional theater performing credits include THE WIZARD OF OZ (Westchester Broadway Theater), WEST SIDE STORY (Gateway Playhouse), CATS (Theatre By The Sea & Tuacahn Amphitheater), TARZAN (Tuacahn Amphitheater), CRAZY FOR YOU (Tuacahn Amphitheater), MARY POPPINS (North Shore Music Theatre & Theatre By The Sea), SHE LOVES ME (CLOSBC), OKLAHOMA! (CLOSBC) AND SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL(CLOSBC).
GENTRY ISAIAH GEORGE
Dancer / Choreographer Gentry Isaiah George began his artistic studies at age eight with the Founder of The Community Book and Dance Academy Linda Agyapong. He went on to graduate from New World School of the Arts in 2008 and graduated from The Juilliard School in 2012. A former Dance Artist for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Ailey II, Gentry is currently a Guest Artist at Randolph College; Central Connecticut State University; and Newark Arts High. He also teaches Ballet and choreographs for the youth ensemble both at the Dance Project of Washington Heights and Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts. Gentry received a Level 1 ARTS award, given by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and is featured on HBO’s “Masterclass.” In 2013 Gentry founded ZEST Collective Dance - Inwood/Washington Heights’ premiere performance art company. The company has presented work throughout New York, New Jersey, and Florida including NYC’s SummerStage; Dixon Place; HarlemStage Gatehouse Theater; The Wassaic Project; Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning; Madiba Harlem; and Fort Tryon Park, among others.
Matthew Powell, Assistant Professor of Ballet at Point Park University, received his training at the School of American Ballet, and danced professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, San Francisco Opera, the international tour of West Side Story and more. As a choreographer, Powell was awarded a fellowship from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, and received a choreographic award at Regional Dance America. He has created works for Kansas City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Point Park University, Broadway Dance Center, the art exhibit 'Capturing Nureyev,' and worked as an on-set choreographer for BLOCH dancewear. Powell's ballet master credits include Royal New Zealand Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Slovak National Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet and the television show Flesh and Bone, which aired on STARZ. His teaching credits include The Juilliard School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Rock School for Dance Education, Ballet Hispanico, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, Ballet Tech, Kansas City Ballet School, Trey McIntyre Project, Matthew Bourne, Karole Armitage, Billy Elliot on Broadway, Universities of Iowa and Alabama, and more.
Ashley Tuttle was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre at the age of 16. As a prima ballerina with ABT, Ms. Tuttle‘s career spanned 17 years. She is known for her pure classicism and vivid characterizations. Her performances prove memorable and enriching. Ms. Tuttle’s repertoire at A.B.T. included such roles as Juliet in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the title roles in Giselle, Nikiya in Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadere, Odette/Odile in Kevin McKenzie’s Swan Lake. Her repertoire ranged from works by George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Jiri Kylian, Mark Morris, Agnes De Mille, Antony Tudor and William Forsythe to name a few. Ms. Tuttle has danced numerous Twyla Tharp works including In the Upper Room, Brief Fling, Sinatra Suite and Push Comes to Shove.
While maintaining her career with A.B.T., Ms. Tuttle joined the acclaimed Twlya Tharp Dance Company in 2000. During her time with T.T.D., Ms. Tharp created the hit Broadway show “Movin’ Out” and the role of Judy on her. Her interpretation of this role earned her both TONY Award and Fred Astaire Dance Award nominations.
Ms. Tuttle’s recent works include Tharp’s “Come FlyAway” on Broadway, Metropolitan Opera House’s Carmen, guest performances with Dance Theater of Harlem, Pam Tanowitz Dance and Lynne Taylor Corbett. She continues to dance as a guest artist throughout the world.
Ms. Tuttle has been a volunteer ballet teacher at Groove With Me, a Harlem-based dance school focused on children at risk. She joined the Board of Directors of Groove With Me in 2007.
Ms. Tuttle also teaches ballet at the Mark Morris Dance Group, Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, School at Steps, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Princeton University, Dartmouth College and Barnard College. Through educating students and staging ballets, she has truly found hear voice as a teacher and enjoys sharing her knowledge of dance with all ages.
Ms. Tuttle was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Wofford College in the spring of 2011.
Chris began his ballet training with the Ovations Dance Repertory Company in 1999 where he studied under the direction of Orlando Pena. Chris performed in their productions of “The Nutcracker Suite”, most notable roles being Snow King and Male Dew. He went on to receive undergraduate dance training on scholarship from Adelphi University and SUNY Fredonia but ultimately holds a degree in Music Education. During his time in college he performed the works of Frederick Earl Mosley, Aszure Barton, Orion Duckstein, James Kinney, and Paul Mockovak, among others. He has training from the summer programs at Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet, and Alvin Ailey. He is a guest artist at New York Dance Theater and Ovations Dance Repertoire Company. He recently joined Homo Veritas Dance Theater as a company member in 2016. Currently he is a music teacher while he continues to pursue his dance career.
Tiffany Rudi began her training at her grandmother's studio on Long Island where she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe and Lyrical. She also received a majority of her training at USDAN Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, closely studying under Dennis Nahat and Maurice Brandon Curry. As a freshman in high school she was accepted into the Joffrey Jr Trainee program in New York City while also studying at Broadway Dance Center. She attended the Long Island High School for the Arts, and continued her education at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, graduating from the Dance Theater Conservatory Program. In her professional career, Tiffany has worked in everything from Commercials to International Tours, crediting her versatile training and strong technique for all the opportunities she's been given. Some of her favorite credits include The First International Tour of Beauty and the Beast, Chicago and 42nd street. Ms. Rudi has been a dance educator since 2008, teaching all over New York and Las Vegas as well as a fitness instructor since 2016. Just as a versatile dancer, she's also a versatile teacher, instilling technique, body awareness, artistry, strength, and of course, versatility. She truly loves to share the gift of dance on any level, trough any genre.